Maths anxiety: how to conquer your fears and calculate with confidence

Reduce your risk of medications errors by becoming comfortable with numbers

Nurses use numeracy every day, when calculating drugs doses, fluid balance or in other essential tasks, but many worry about their competence when it comes to doing the maths

  • Numeracy is a safety-critical nursing skill, yet nurses and nursing students often lack confidence in it
  • 66 million medication errors a year are classed as clinically significant in England alone
  • Test yourself with our quick drug calculations quiz – and read expert advice for keeping your practice safe

Rachel Game loves maths. But like many other nurses, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) principal lecturer wasn’t always keen. She used to hate the subject and it caused her


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